USQ turns a page with new library

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has started a new chapter with the official opening of a newly refurbished library at its Springfield campus.

Students and staff celebrated the completion of the refurbished library with a morning tea today (September 3), showcasing a vibrant, technologically-enhanced space.

The library offers 24-hour access and features ample natural light, high-tech group study rooms and booths, quiet individual study desks, a computer space and an assistive technology room.

It also has a shared kitchen and a new entrance accessible from John Nugent Way. Connected to the library is a shaded outdoor area, with seating and gardens.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, who officially opened the refurbished library, said the new learning space was an example of the University’s commitment to improving the student experience.

“This library is a great asset for our students and the improvements made to it ensure it’s an attractive and effective environment to learn,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“We are very excited that after months of construction and the use of a temporary library, the new refurbished library has opened its doors to be enjoyed by our staff and students who were very patient during the whole process.”

USQ Director of Library Services Carmel O’Sullivan said the library had been welcomed by students and staff with much excitement.

“The designers did a wonderful job making the most of the space and natural light to create an inviting area that supports independent, innovative and collaborative learning,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

“One of the great features is the library is available 24 hours a day to students, which helps students who work during the day and need to study at night or on weekends, or need to fit their study around their other commitments.”

Learn more about USQ Library’s services.

Library features:
· New entrance and outside study spaces
· 24/7 access to library study spaces and computers
· Kitchen with facilities for students to prepare food and drinks
· Technology-enabled study pods, group study rooms and printing facilities
· Consultation spaces for face-to-face and video chat consultations with librarians and learning advisors

students studying in a booth
USQ students studying in the refurbished library.